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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Gravitational Wave Cosmology - QMUL26580

Department: School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Salary: £33,824 - £38,655 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL26580
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 12-Oct-2021
Closing date: 01-Dec-2021

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A postdoctoral researcher in gravitational wave cosmology is sought to join the Cosmology and Relativity Group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London. The successful applicant should have existing expertise in cosmological aspects of gravitational waves, broadly defined, and be highly motivated to contribute to new developments in this area.

The successful researcher will join the group led Dr. Tessa Baker, as part of the ERC-funded programme SHADE. Aspects of the SHADE programme include (but are not limited to): development of statistical siren techniques, theoretical work on gravitational waves (e.g. deviations from General Relativity, gravitational wave lensing), correlations with large-scale structure, simulations, and the relevance of such phenomena for current and future facilities.

The post is a full time, fixed term appointment for 3 years, with an expected start date of April-October 2022 (negotiable). The starting salary will be in the range of £33,824 - £38,655 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

To apply, you will need to have PhD or a shortly-expected PhD (thesis submitted by job commencement) in physics or a closely related subject, and a history of publications and seminars appropriate to your career stage. You should include with your application: a CV, a statement of current skills and proposed research (no longer than two A4 sides), and a list of publications (please highlight up to five as the most relevant). Please consolidate all this information in a single PDF file, and upload it as your CV in our on-line application system. You should also arrange for two letters of reference to be emailed to by the application deadline.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Please note that the online application system will NOT prompt you to upload a separate research proposal or publication list. Please upload these as a single file along with your CV.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Tessa Baker at or on +44 (0) 20 7882 5867.

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The closing date for applications is 1 December 2021. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


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